Cory Hart, Danielle Piccolo, Heidi Hursen and Josh Herdman.
By Marylynn Uricchio Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This is the 25th anniversary of Art for Change, the Persad benefit that began as Art for AIDS and has morphed into the organization's largest fundraiser and the city's premier art auction. This year it will be held May 13 at the August Wilson Center (www.PersadArtforChange.org). Sponsors and artists gathered Thursday evening at Jay Verno Studios on the South Side for the Patron Party that kicks off the event. An open bar, dinner donated by Bob Sendall's All in Good Taste and a host of great dessert makers and dancing to two bands capped off the night, which included a preview of some auction items. On hand were Art for Change chairs Laura Horowitz and Brian Stankavich, Persad director Betty Hill with Kathi Boyle, organizer Bob McGrogan, emcee David Highfield from KDKA-TV, Chris Bryan, Tom Sokolowski, Craig McDonald (who did the fab decor), George Hazimanolis, Bob Davis, Amy Morgan, Connie Sukernik and many more.